Getting caught altering an inspection report probably isn’t great for business

Posting restaurant inspection results on regulatory websites and on media sites are a good exercise in public engagement, can increase discussion and sometimes lead to eating decisions. I like to read through the restaurant inspection report summaries we pick up through Google Alerts to see what’s going on. Sometimes the reports are all yuck and no risk factor – as they are often handpicked by media outlets. Often there are some decent examples of that can be used to show folks what not to do.sunday-brunch-tho

Like changing the date on a good inspection and replacing your current report with the old one.

According to the Dacula Patch, that’s exactly what Peking Chinese Restaurant was caught doing last week (amongst other stuff including some repeat violations).


Peking Chinese Restaurant
831 Auburn Road, Suite 610
Score: 90
Last Inspection: 12/26/13
Click here for report.

Observations and corrective actions:

  • Violation of Code: [.07(6)(l) ] Observed can of Raid and Home Defense bug spray being stored in facility. Both labeled for home use only. Only pesticided indicated to be used in food service establishments may be used. Both were discarded during inspection.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
  • Violation of Code: [.10(2)(g) ] Inspection report from 12/14/11 posted. Inspection report had been altered to say 12/14/13. Most recent inspection must be posted at all times. Previous inspection report was voided.  New Violation.
  • Violation of Code: [.05(6)(r) ] Soy sauce buckets being reused for food storage. Single use items may not be reused for food storage. **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REPEAT VIOLATION**  Repeat Violation.
  • Violation of Code: [.05(10)(g)(1)&(3) ] Single use containers stored out of protective sleeve with food surface up. Single use items must be protected from contamination by being inverted or stored in protective sleeve received in. All were inverted during inspection.  Corrected On-Site.  New Violation.
  • Violation of Code: [.05(7)(a)2,3 ] Sides of fryers and wok station observed with accumulation of grease. Equipment must be cleaned at a frequency to prevent accumulations.  New Violation.
  • Violation of Code: [.07(5)(d) ] Hood filters observed with dripping oil. Ventilation system must be cleaned at a frequency to prevent accumulations. Increase cleaning frequency. **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A REPEAT VIOLATION**  Repeat Violation.

Pretty shifty stuff.

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Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.